By David Fisher
This highbrow portrait of Romain Rolland (1866-1944)--French novelist, musicologist, dramatist, and Nobel prizewinner in 1915--focuses on his experiments with political dedication opposed to the backdrop of ecu background among the 2 global wars. top often called a biographer of Beethoven and for his novel, Jean-Christophe, Rolland was once a kind of nonconforming writers who perceived a drawback of bourgeois society in Europe ahead of the nice warfare, and who consciously labored to discredit and reshape that society within the interwar interval. examining Rolland's itinerary of engaged stands, David James Fisher clarifies points of ecu cultural background and is helping decipher the ambiguities on the middle of all kinds of highbrow engagement. relocating from textual content to context, Fisher organizes the booklet round a sequence of debates--Rolland's private and non-private collisions over particular dedicated stands--introducing the reader to the polemical variety of French highbrow discourse and supplying perception into what it skill to be a in charge highbrow. Fisher provides Rolland's inner most ruminations, large study, and reexamination of the functionality and magnificence of the French guy of letters. He observes that Rolland experimented with 5 varieties of dedication: oceanic mysticism associated with revolutionary, democratic politics; loose considering associated with antiwar dissent; pacifism and, finally, Gandhism; antifacism associated with anti-imperialism, antiracism, and all-out political resistance to fascism; and, such a lot controversially, fellow touring as a kind of socialist humanism and the optimistic part of antifascism. Fisher perspectives Rolland's engagement traditionally and seriously, displaying that engaged intellectuals of that point have been neither naive propagandists nor dupes of political events. David James Fisher makes a case for the devoted author and hopes to re-light the talk approximately dedication. For him, Romain Rolland sums up engagement in a outstanding, dialectical formulation: "Pessimism of the Intelligence, Optimism of the Will." His tale provides a strong problem to fashionable intellectuals. David James Fisher is a working towards psychoanalyst and medical professor within the division of Psychiatry, UCLA college of medication, Senior college, l. a. Psychoanalytic Institute. he's the writer of Cultural idea and Psychoanalytic culture, released by way of Transaction.